Donlands Theatre

397 Donlands Avenue,
Toronto, ON M4J 3S2

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

November 19th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

journey354
journey354 on May 14, 2013 at 7:23 am

Back in 1945, I remember a sign on the Donlands theatre location that read something like this: “After victory, a 1000 seat theatre will be built on this sight.”

My brother and I used to discuss what film would be the first one to play the new theatre. Well, the theatre was built (not quite 1000 seats), and the first film was the 1948 movie “Tap Roots” starring Van Heflin and Susan Hayward.

As a teenager (17 or so), I was an usher in 1952-53 at the theatre with some very fond memories.

George Lee

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

This theatre was built by Sam Bloom and Sam Fine B & F Theatres,Limited, a Famous Players affiliate,just after the war!!

pearlworm
pearlworm on September 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

The Donlands opened in 1948. I was among the first customers.

AJOHMSS
AJOHMSS on December 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Lived on Plains Road in the early 70’s and this was my weekend home away from home.
Loved the occasional horror double-features.
Still very much missed.

JohnnyCool
JohnnyCool on January 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

I lived on Donmore Avenue (Donlands and Mortimer) as a young boy (1966-1973), which was a few blocks away; thus, I saw a lot of films there with my father in those years(although the only one I definitely remember seeing was a (non-cinerama) reissue of ‘How The West Was Won’).

I lived nearby there again briefly in recent years, and would always get a warm feeling walking by and thinking of my late father, who instilled the passion for cinema in me (thanks pops).

Canadian roots rock stalwarts Blue Rodeo recorded their second LP ‘Diamond Mine’ at the recording studio that was/is(?)resident there in the late ‘80s.

upuaut
upuaut on November 7, 2006 at 11:17 am

The Donlands Theater has a For Rent sign on it (Nov 2006). Recent photos of it and other Toronto area theaters can be seen at:

http://globecontact.com/photoessay/cinemas.htm

secrethistory
secrethistory on September 29, 2006 at 5:25 am

Is there any more info on the munitions and brothels accessed by tunnels? That’s great stuff.

ctomarctus
ctomarctus on September 21, 2006 at 7:36 pm

This theatre appears in the movie Youngblood. It’s seen at night, with the female lead, Cynthia Gibb, coming out of the lobby, and meeting Rob Lowe after having seen something called “Slumber Party Massacre”.